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  • Table of ContentsReadings and Features11 Malone Endowment Leaves Lifetime Legacy for Shaw Students

    13 Eddie Stone Makes a Commitment to Shaw with Student Scholarship

    15 Cover Story On My Own: Student Sherice Neil Overcomes

    17 Paying it Forward: Alumnus David Dotson Gives Back

    18 In their Own Words: Alumni Banquet Speaker, Shambalia Sams and Founders Day Speaker, Sean Woodroffe

    4 Message from the President

    5 University News

    20 Class Notes

    22 Alumni Greetings

    24 Athletic Highlights

    Shaw University President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy (center) and Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Joseph N. Bell, Jr. (right) present Willie E. Gary, Esq. (left) with the Shaw University Distinguished Service Medal during the Universitys Founders Day Convocation on October 19, 2012. Gary is a Shaw alumnus and the immediate past chairman of the Shaw University Board of Trustees.


    Pres identsMESSAGE The SHAW GAZETTE is published for alumni, and friends of Shaw Univesity.

    PRESIDENT Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D.




    DESIGNERRene Saddler

    WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORSSherri Fillingham, Odessa HinesJuanda LaJoyce Holley

    PHOTOGRAPHERSMatthew Coleman, Durham Herald Sun, Sherri Fillingham, Fred Lewis, Avion WallaceJames Ward, Steven Worthy


    CATEGORY IRandolph Bazemore Joseph N. Bell, Jr.Thomas F. Darden George C. DebnamCarolyn Ennis David C. ForbesWillie E. Gary John I. KesterWilson Lacy H. Donell LewisJohn H. Lucas OlBunmi PetersJames Thornton Guthrie L. Turner, Jr.David Walker Ida Silver WigginsA. Hope Williams Lorenzo WilliamsSean Woodroffe

    CATEGORY IIAudrey Battle Linda BryanHaywood Gray Wilberforce MundiaHoward W. Parker Emily PerryStudent Representative

    CATEGORY III - EMERITIStanley Alexander Thomas J. BoydMelvin Clark Chancy R. EdwardsW. B. Lewis

    DIGNITARIESEvander Holyfi eld Don King

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    SEND ALUMNI NEWS, CLASS NOTES AND ADDRESS CHANGES TO:Seddrick HillDirector of Alumni Relations & Planned GivingShaw University118 East South St. Raleigh, NC [email protected]

    Greetings from the campus of Shaw University. We are pleased to present the Fall 2012 edition of the

    Shaw Gazette.

    Within this issue, the accomplishments of our students,

    faculty, staff and alumni have been highlighted. As you

    can see, life on the campus continues at a frenzied pace.

    Shaw University serves as a beacon of light for the young

    men and women who enter its doors seeking an education

    and a better way of life. Please pay special attention to

    the article on Sherice Neil, a freshman from California

    who overcame homelessness to graduate from high

    school with a 3.6 GPA and high honors. In October, she

    received a $30,000 scholarship from Taco Bell an amazing achievement!

    Shaw University has been Celebrating Excellence Since 1865 and has made a signifi cant

    impact on the lives of innumerable students during its One Hundred Forty-seven years

    of existence. We appreciate all that you have done for this Institution and ask for your

    continued support as we work together to ensure its viability. In addition to your fi nancial

    contributions, we need your help with recruitment and mentoring. Your fi nancial

    investment could serve as a lasting legacy for current and future Shaw students, such as

    the endowed scholarship in honor of Dr. Vernon Malone, a Shaw University graduate and

    former member of the Board of Trustees.

    We are continually faced with many challenges, especially those related to fi nances. This

    year, we saw a drop in enrollment, coupled with new federal guidelines for Parent PLUS

    loan approval. Once a reliable way for parents to help fi nance their childrens education,

    these changes resulted in smaller or no parent loans at all and, therefore, many of our

    students were unable to enroll or remain in school. This impacted the Universitys budget

    tremendously and devastated the affected students. We are depending on you to help us

    continue our mission of educating and graduating the best and the brightest.

    With best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year, I am


    Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D.



    Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy

  • Univers i tyNEWS

    School Named in Honor of Shaw Trustee and AlumnusShaw University Trustee and alumnus Dr. John H. Lucas 40, was

    recently honored at a ribbon-cu ng ceremony for Lucas Middle

    School in Durham, NC. The school was named in honor of Dr. Lucas

    who served as Shaws president from 1986 to 1987.

    Honored guests, Lucas Middle School Principal, the

    Superintendent of Durham Public Schools, Board of Educa on

    members and the Chairman of the Durham County Commissioners

    took part in a ribbon cu ng ceremony to mark the o cial opening of

    the newly constructed middle school. Also in a endance were family

    members and friends of the Lucas families.

    The state-of-the-art school bears the name of long me

    Durham educator Dr. Lucas and the late Senator Jeanne Hopkins

    Lucas, a staunch supporter of educa on in Durham and the fi rst black

    woman to serve in the North Carolina Senate.

    Families of both Dr. Lucas and Senator Lucas were recognized

    during the ceremony. Dr. Lucas shared his thoughts on having a

    school named in his honor while Deborah Breese, the niece of Senator

    Jeanne Lucas, gave remarks on her familys behalf.

    Lucas Middle School will employ Project Based Learning as an

    interdisciplinary instruc onal focus and is equipped with cu ng-edge

    technology including wired and wireless infrastructure, cable and

    BrightLink interac ve technology in all classrooms.

    Por ons of this story originally appeared on www.dpsnc.net. Photo courtesy of Herald Sun.

    Dr. John H. Lucas (center) cuts ribbon during dedication ceremony.

    FALL 2012 | 5

    James Shaw

    Greetings Shaw Alumni:

    Organize, Plan, and Act (OPA) is my chosen greeting to salute you and to start our engines roaring as we set our focus on some unique and creative opportunities to increase membership, involvement, and participation in our National Alumni Association and with our beloved Shaw University. Let us make concentrated efforts at holding the University in high regards in our words, actions, and deeds - Go There with Me.

    What if our national chapters membership increased by one thousand members in the next two years? What if our alumni chapters raised one million dollars to help support the mission of the great founders of our dear University? What if our chapters planned and pledged the revenue to build our very own athletic complex with a football stadium, track, tennis courts, and gymnasium? What if God blesses us by making all of our dreams come true? Well, He has! He has blessed us with POTENTIAL. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! The only thing that keeps us from Organizing, Planning, and Acting on big dreams is ourselves.

    Join your local and national alumni chapters today. Be proactive in performing deeds that benefi t our Shaw University. Give generously when contributing to our Alma Mater. Our vision, growth, and future depend on you.

    With much Shaw love and faith,

    James ShawPresident, Shaw University National Alumni Association


    Univers i tyNEWSShaw and Duke Divinity School Sign Agreement

    Shaw University and Duke Divinity

    School announced a new agreement

    that allows faculty, sta and students

    from each ins tu on to borrow

    books and other items from the other

    ins tu ons divinity library, as well

    as have access to open stacks and

    reading areas during regular opera ng

    hours. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, president of Shaw University and

    Richard B. Hays, dean of Duke Divinity School signed the reciprocal


    The fi rst agreement of its kind between Shaw University and

    Duke Divinity School, it also includes onsite access to selected Duke

    Divinity licensed databases through a guest login available at the

    Duke Divinity School Circula on Desk.

    Students on both campuses will benefi t from having access

    to each others library collec ons and resources, said Dr. Bruce

    T. Grady, dean and associate professor of religious educa on at

    Shaw University Divinity School. This partnership is a wonderful

    opportunity for Shaw University to expand its access to theological

    resources and to create space for dialogue with our colleagues at

    Duke Divinity School.

    This sharing agreement provides an excellent opportunity

    to build collabora on between Shaw and Duke Divinity School, Hays

    said. We look forward to con nued frui ul collabora on between

    our ins tu ons.

    The G. Franklin Wiggins Library provides services and

    resources within a Chris an environment and serves primarily

    graduate and professional patrons preparing for service as clergy or

    laity in churches and other Chris an ministries.

    The Duke Divinity School Library contains more than

    405,000 volumes and embraces all fi elds of religion and related

    disciplines, with par cular strengths in the areas of Methodism and,

    more generally, Chris anity. It is one of the many libraries within the

    larger Duke University Libraries system.

    Shaw Students Participate in National Day of Service

    In conjunc on with Ac vate Good and the Raleigh Parks and

    Recrea on Department, the Shaw University Athle c Training

    Program par cipated in the September 11th Na onal Day of Service

    and Remembrance. Along with other local organiza ons, Shaw

    students volunteered in the Downtown Raleigh community.

    Students spent the morning par cipa ng in a project to

    beau fy Chavis Way, an extension of Chavis Park. They helped to

    mulch and protect trees that remained standing a er the April 2011

    tornado which damaged extensive por ons of downtown Raleigh,

    including the University. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and other

    community leaders stopped by and gave their apprecia on for the

    students volunteer work. Students par cipa ng in the project

    included: Shaquira Timmons, Camilla Henry, Kayer Faier, Ronald

    Davis, Walter Reed, Chris Clark and Alyssa Tarver. Faculty members

    Dr. Corrie Struble and Mr. Anthoni Wedderburn accompanied the


    The September 11th Na onal Day of Service and

    Remembrance is the culmina on of e orts originally launched in

    2002 by the 9/11 nonprofi t MyGoodDeed with wide support by the

    9/11 community and leading na onal service organiza ons. This

    e ort fi rst established the inspiring tradi on of engaging in charitable

    service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11

    vic ms, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to

    the a acks.

    Athletic Training majors

  • Debra Latimore Named Vice President for Fiscal Affairs

    Shaw University has named Debra K. La more

    as its new Vice President for Fiscal A airs.

    La more is a Cer fi ed Public Accountant

    and most recently served as the Universitys

    Interim Vice President for Fiscal A airs.

    As a member of the Universitys

    leadership team, La more oversees and

    manages the day-to-day fi scal opera ons

    of the University, including budget,

    payroll, accoun ng, accounts payable/

    receivable, purchasing, contrac ng,

    investment repor ng, procurement, treasury

    management, mail services/receiving and

    student accounts. She also prepares the

    Universitys opera ng budget, assesses current business prac ces to enhance

    produc vity and ensures fi nancial and business policies, processes and services are

    developed and executed to advance the Universitys strategic plan.

    In addi on, La more brings both higher educa on and private sector

    experience to the posi on, having served as the Director of Finance at OJ Group in

    Detroit; Tax Supervisor and Accoun ng and Business Services Supervisor at Grant

    Thornton, LLP in Charlo e, NC; and Controller at Johnson C. Smith University also

    in Charlo e. As Controller, she directed all accoun ng and repor ng ac vi es,

    supervised a sta of 14 and managed several university units, including accounts

    payable, accounts receivable, the cashiers o ce, student accounts, payroll and the


    Ms. La mores fi nancial and business exper se during her me as Interim

    Vice President of Fiscal A airs helped to provide fi scal strength to this University and

    laid a solid founda on that will allow us to operate e ec vely, said Shaw University

    President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy. I welcome her con nued leadership and

    crea vity in developing a culture of fi scal e ciency.

    La more has served as an online adjunct professor at several universi es,

    including American Sen nel University, University of Phoenix, Colorado Technical

    University and Westwood College where she taught online courses in accoun ng,

    budge ng and personal fi nance. She received her Bachelor of Accountancy from

    Walsh College in Troy, MI and her Master of Science in Financial Management from

    the University of Maryland University College. La more also completed coursework

    in Walsh Colleges Master of Science Taxa on Program.

    Marcus Clarke Named Interim Athletic DirectorShaw University

    announced Marcus Clarke

    as its Interim Athle c

    Director. Clarke replaces

    long- me Athle c Director

    Alfonza Carter, who was

    named Dean of Students.

    Clarke, who will

    also con nue his du es

    as the compliance o cer for the athle c department,

    returns to a role he held two years ago when

    Carter spent a year as Director of Recruitment and

    Admissions at Shaw.

    I am excited and prepared to meet the

    challenges and addi onal responsibili es that come

    with having a successful athle c program. Dr. Carter

    has le the program with an excellent founda on

    for us to con nue our success, said Clarke. I look

    forward to con nuing the Shaw Bear Pride!

    Dr. Andrew Mbuvi Publishes Book on AfricanBiblical Interpretations Dr. Andrew Mbuvi, associate professor of Biblical

    Studies and Hermeneu cs at the Shaw University

    Divinity School, is co-editor of Postcolonial

    Perspec ves in African Biblical Interpreta ons.

    Published by the Society of Biblical Literature.

    This volume of Postcolonial Perspec ves in

    African Biblical Interpreta ons foregrounds biblical

    interpreta on within the African history of colonial

    contact, from North Atlan c slavery to the current era

    of globaliza on. It details the struggle for jus ce and

    of hybrid iden es from mul faceted contexts, where

    the Bible co-exists with African indigenous religions,

    Islam, and other religions.

    Debra Latimore

    Marcus Clarke

    FALL 2012 | 7

  • Shaw University Names Evelyn Leathers Vice President for Institutional AdvancementDr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, president of Shaw University, announced Evelyn Leathers as the Universitys

    new Vice President for Ins tu onal Advancement. Leathers is the former Vice President for Ins tu onal

    Advancement at Wiley College in Marshall, TX.

    As vice president for Ins tu onal Advancement, Leathers will provide execu ve-level opera onal

    management and supervision of alumni rela ons, annual giving, major gi s, corporate rela ons,

    founda on rela ons, public rela ons, stewardship and the University radio sta on. In addi on, Leathers will advance the Universitys mission,

    strategic goals, priori es and objec ves through substan al fundraising.

    Were excited to have Ms. Leathers join our execu ve team and provide the leadership we need to advance the Universitys

    fundraising goals, said Dr. Yancy. Her knowledge and depth of experience in donor giving and rela ons will be a tremendous asset to the

    University. I am confi dent that Ins tu onal Advancement will fl ourish under her direc on.

    Leathers brings more than 17 years of diverse higher educa on experience, including serving as a development o cer and assistant

    dean. As the Director of Founda on Rela ons and Private Grants at Johnson C. Smith University, she helped to secure a $5.7 million dona on

    from the Duke Endowment, the largest gi in the universitys history. She also served as a key member of the universitys fundraising team

    that successfully surpassed its $75 million Pathways to Success campaign goal. Leathers was also responsible for increasing alumni giving

    and par cipa on from 18 percent to 25 percent over a three to fi ve year period.

    Leathers received both her bachelors degree in Poli cal Science and her masters degree in Adult Educa on from North Carolina

    Agricultural and Technical State University. She also pursued doctoral studies in Higher Educa on Administra on at Virginia Polytechnic

    Ins tute and State University.

    Univers i tyNEWS

    Margaret White Receives UPS Scholarship Shaw University student Margret White received the United

    Parcel Service (UPS) Founda on Scholarship during a recent check

    presenta on ceremony at the headquarters of the North Carolina

    Independent Colleges and Universi es. White is a freshman from

    Tyner, North Carolina majoring in Speech Pathology.

    The UPS Founda on Scholarship is awarded through the

    North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universi es (NCICU), the

    statewide organiza on of North Carolinas 36 non-profi t, private

    colleges and universi es accredited by the Southern Associa on of

    Colleges and Schools (SACS). Shaw University is a member of NCICU.

    UPS Division Manager and Independent College Fund of NC

    Board member, Nicole Brandon, presented a check for $86,400 for

    student scholarships at the 36 independent colleges and universi es

    in North Carolina to Jack Frost, Independent College Fund Board

    Chairman; Hope Williams, NCICU President; Jim Brown, Fund

    Director, and presidents and scholarship recipients including Shaw

    University President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy. White received

    $2,400 to be applied towards tui on, books and general college

    expenses. She expressed apprecia on and thanks for receiving the

    scholarship as it helped her to a end the college of her choice and

    pursue a career as a therapist.

    Margaret White and President Yancy

    Evelyn Leathers


  • FALL 2012 | 9

    Booster Club Makes $10,000 Donation to Shaw AthleticsThe Shaw University Athle c Booster Club made a $10,000 dona on

    to the Shaw Athle c Department in a check presenta on held

    before the October 27, 2012 football game against Winston-Salem


    The gi is the largest the group has made to the athle c

    department. The funds will go to cover scholarships and opera ng


    The check was presented to Interim Athle c Director

    Marcus Clarke by Charles Graves, treasurer of the club, who was

    accompanied by a number of club members.

    The Athle c Department is grateful for the generous

    dona on to our program by our athle c boosters. Their support

    of us goes beyond just a ending games, but also striving to make

    sure that fi nancially we can meet our goals in serving our student-

    athletes, said Clarke.

    Tyre Smith Selected to Perform With Celebration Choir Tyree V. Smith, a Senior Recrea onal

    Therapy Major, has been chosen to

    represent Shaw University in The 105

    Voices of History 5th Year Celebra on Choir performance. The choir

    will consist of members from the four previous years and 40 new


    This year The 105 Voices of History will celebrate its fi h concert

    year with not one, but three performances throughout the

    year-- The U.S. State Department (September 2012), The John F.

    Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (February 17, 2013), and

    The Grand Ole Opry (May 2013). The 105 Voices of History is a

    na onal collegiate choir represen ng every HBCU in the na on.

    This invita on to par cipate has been extended to singers from the

    105 VOH choirs who have exhibited outstanding musicianship,

    excellent prepara on of the concert literature, leadership and who

    maintained a good rehearsal a endance.

    Tyree represented Shaw University in the 3rd Annual

    HBCU Kennedy Center Concert at John F. Kennedy Center for

    the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on September 19, 2010

    and in the One Voice 105 VOH musical gala as part of the 2011

    Leadership Academy-Vocal and Interna onal Development (LAVID)

    in Nassau, Bahamas and 105 VOH HBCU Na onal Choir for the

    Grand Ole Opry House HBCU Inaugural performance in Nashville.

    Because of Tyree Smiths high ra ngs in his audi on he has been

    invited to sing in the 5th Year Celebra on Choir performance.

    In recogni on of his acceptance and prepara on, he will

    have an opportunity to par cipate with the Congressional Black

    Caucus and will be featured on the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

    with American Grammy, Dove and Stellar Award winning gospel

    singer Tramaine Hawkins and Guest Host Wintley Phipps.

    Allied Health Students Perform Free ScreeningsStudents from Shaw Universitys Communica on Sciences and

    Disorders Program in the Department of Allied Health Professions,

    recently conducted free speech-language and hearing screenings

    for children, adolescents and adults at Good Samaritan Bap st

    Church in Garner, NC and Cedar Point Disciple Church of Christ in

    Newton Grove, NC. The students were invited by both churches

    to perform the free screenings. In addi on, the students engaged

    in conversa ons about preventa ve measures for vocal care and

    proper ear cleaning. The following students par cipated in the

    screenings: Robin Bethune, Shannon Gray, Evvie Wi ng, Claudia

    Moinuddin, Shirley Freemand and Rosen Pauyo.

    Tyre Smith

    Members of the Shaw Athletic Booster Club make check presentation.

    Allied Health majors

  • FALL 2012 | 11


    Dr. Yancy with Malone Family.

    Malone Endowment Leaves Lifetime Legacy for Shaw Students

    F or Rod Malone, establishing an endowment at Shaw in honor of his late parents Vernon (57) and Susan Malone (56), was a fi tting tribute to their long-time commitment to education.

    Both of my parents were involved in education and

    we felt they would want to establish some kind of legacy that

    promoted education in any form, said Malone. They were

    both graduates of Shaw, and it just seemed like the perfect

    opportunity to do

    something that we were

    sure they would be happy


    Last fall,

    Malone family members

    presented the University

    with a check in the

    amount of $89,680.45 to

    establish the Vernon and

    Susan Malone Endowed

    Scholarship. The

    endowment represents

    the contributions of

    family and friends of the

    late North Carolina State

    Senator as well as funds that remained in his campaign fund

    when he died in April 2009.

    The endowment will be used to offer fi nancial support

    to deserving students in Shaws Department of Education.

    Vernon Malone was also a member of the Universitys Board of


    Senator Malone was a long-time supporter of

    Shaw and this act of generosity by his family continues that

    tradition, said Shaw President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy.

    We are proud of our association with the Malone family and

    it is appropriate that we will now have a scholarship within the

    Department of Education that bears his and his wifes name.

    As a state senator, Malone was co-chairman of the education

    committee and appropriations committee for higher education.

    Malone spent most of his life as an educator and school

    administrator before being elected State Senator in 2003. As

    school board chairman, he presided over the merger of Raleigh

    city schools and Wake

    County public schools in

    1976. He also spent more

    than 20 years as a Wake

    County commissioner.

    Prior to that, Malone worked

    as a classroom teacher and

    as a school administrator

    and then became a

    superintendent for the

    Governor Morehead School

    for the Blind in Raleigh.

    He served as vice-chair

    of Shaw Universitys Board

    of Trustees before his death.

    He also served as a trustee for

    North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Museum of

    Art and the Wake Education Partnership. He was a member of

    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

    He cared deeply about the Universitys present and

    its future and wanted nothing but the best for its future, said

    Malone. Were hoping to conduct some fundraisers to be able

    to grow the endowment and to help lighten the load on students

    as it gets to be harder and harder to afford college.


    Giv ingPROFILESDr. Mack Sowell Pays Homage to His Alma Mater with Endowed Scholarship During his 39 years of service to Shaw University, Dr. Mack Sowell 64 held many posi ons at the University including Dean of Student Life and Development, Dean of Student A airs, Assistant Vice-President for Fiscal A airs and Director of Physical Plant Opera ons, but it was his me as a student that le a las ng impression, par cularly his rela onship with former Shaw President James E. Cheek. I hadnt met a person or black male with the charisma Jim Cheek had, said Sowell. He was immaculate. He demanded respect and you gave it. Sowell arrived at Shaw at the age of 16 in 1960. My father didnt go any further in educa on than the 7th grade and my mom was a high school grad, but in my household, there was no taking educa on for granted. My father mortgaged his house to pay for my fi rst semester. An English major, Sowell was ac ve in the civil rights movement and also served as the president of the Student Government Associa on. At Shaw we were told by our faculty that if we made an A we could make it at Harvard, Princeton or Yale, said Sowell. They meant it and we believed it. A er gradua ng from Shaw, Sowell taught at Richard B. Harrison High School in Selma, NC and would later become a member

    of the towns city council. He met and married Mary E. Womack, also a Shaw graduate, and they had three children. But a chance visit to Shaw one day in 1970 would lead to his long- me career at the University. I was on my way to accept a job at North Carolina Central University and on my way back from Durham, I stopped at Shaw, Sowell recalled. I met with Dr. Thomas Kee, an administrator with the University at the me, and he invited me to come and work at Shaw as a career counselor. So I accepted the job. During his me at Shaw, Sowell served as mentor to many students including a group dubbed The Deans Boys. They got a lecture from me every Friday, said Sowell, but they went on to do some great things. In 2010, Sowell re red from the University, but wanted to fi nd a way to give back. I really wanted to help somebody else to go to school, said Sowell. When I was a student, I only worked during the summer. My parents paid my tui on, but I know many students are not able to do that. Deciding that an endowed scholarship would be the best way to leave a legacy at his alma mater, Sowell created a commi ee to raise funds. The commi ee was able to raise $25,000 for the scholarship during his re rement celebra on. I wanted to do something at Shaw that was las ng because so many people did so much for my growth and development when I was here, said Sowell. I want to make things easier for future Shaw students.

    Dr. Mack Sowell

    Dr. Carolyn Grantham Ennis Provides Financial Assistance with Endowed Scholarship Shaw University Trustee and Alumna Dr. Carolyn Grantham Ennis 52, shares her thoughts on establishing an endowment at Shaw and giving back.

    How the endowment beganTen years ago, I men oned to my banker that I was interested in establishing an endowment at Shaw and I really didnt know how to go about it. He said that his brother at that me, the late Lewis Holden who was CEO of the North Carolina Community Founda on, could help and he took me to see him. I think at that me you had to do a minimum of $25,000 and he [Holden] said he would match it and I said well good! I wrote up the criteria and thats how it got started. I just got a congratulatory le er from the Board of Trustees of the Founda on that said Thank you for being a part of our endowment

    for 10 years.Why the endowment is importantI felt like Shaw University, being the oldest university in the South for African-American students, should survive and this endowment would help to do that. I also felt like there would be students who have a great need for some fi nancial help and I should do my part to see that these students get some sort of fi nancial help to get a good educa on. I am blessed so I always want to be a blessing.

    The importance of HBCUsI am a fi rm believer that HBCUs must survive because they provide a second chance for students who didnt take advantage of their opportuni es in high school. They [students] are not u lizing their

    Dr. Carolyn Grantham Ennis

  • FALL 2012 | 13

    Eddie Stone Makes a Commitment to Shaw with Student Scholarship Shaw University is in Eddie Stones line of vision. Every day, this Founder and CEO of Touchstone Essen als, drives through the campus on the way to and from his downtown Raleigh-based business. While the historic buildings made an impression, it was the sight of hard-working students that touched his heart.Along Wilmington Street, it was a compelling sight to see kids going to school or on their way to work in the early morning hours. I think the sacrifi ce of someone who is prepared to work nearly full- me and be a full- me studentwhile maintaining compe ve gradesthat level of work ethic should be celebrated. Believing that businesses play a vital role in building their communi es, Stone decided to make a $4,500 dona on to Shaw, to support working students. Giving back comes from Stones belief that a business should serve customers and community fi rst. According to Stone, then the profi ts take care of themselves.A er more than twenty years of success in the nutri on and direct marke ng industry, Stone created Touchstone Essen als in February 2012 to provide a solu on for people seeking wellness, with a whole foods philosophy. Its a farm to bo le nutri onal approach that maintains the integrity of fruits and vegetables in supplement form. Central to the companys launch was the crea on of the Touchstone Essen als Founda on, as a way to focus on the well-being of children. While the Founda on has donated more than $15,000 to local organiza ons such as The Salva on Armyto address food and housing challenges for children in needStone believes educa on is the key to making our children successful.It is our inten on to cul vate the next genera on, and that starts with educa onal opportuni es. Shaw was an easy choice to invest in. Remarking how the University has survived major challenges,

    Stone added, Shaw is a vital part of our community and we would like to not only nurture the growth of its students but also the ins tu on itself. Stone hopes his gi will help to lighten the fi nancial load for Shaw students, saying he would like for students to, Focus their e orts on their educa on to be be er prepared for the workplace, and ul mately be er prepared to make their contribu on to the world. He also hopes his dona on will serve as a challenge to the en re Triangle business community, I would really call out to other business leaders to look at Shaw University as a place worthy of community investment, said Stone. I want to see Shaw grow and thrive.

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    me and resources like they should because they were not mo vated at home or at school to do their best. And its not that they dont have the ability, but they need the extra push and encouragement. They need someone to encourage them and tell them you can do it. You have to have somebody that believes in you and then says you can and helps you to do it. I think Shaw has been that for many students. I really do believe in HBCUs, especially Shaw and I believe in a second chance and a third chance.

    A message for Shaw AlumniI think that for those of us that went to Shaw University we should not forget how important it is to con nue to maintain and support Shaw. I have no problem if a graduate of Shaw wants to send their

    child to another university, but dont forget to support the bridge that took you across. Send yours where you want to or let your child decide where they want to go, but s ll support the Ins tu on that made you a successful ci zen. Thats my philosophy. You give back so someone else can cross over the bridge. You reach back and bring somebody with you whether its your child or someone elses child.

    The Carolyn Grantham Ennis Scholarship Endowment awards one scholarship annually to a Shaw University student who demonstrates value, valor, versa lity, vision and vivacity.

    Eddie Stone


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    Life has never been easy for Shaw freshman Sherice Neil. Living in various motels with her three sisters, brother, mother and grandmother, witnessing violence and addic on in her home and moving constantly during her teenage years, Neil grew restless and began ac ng out. Growing up without stability was very di cult, said Neil. Every day was a struggle just to survive. I became accustomed to being homeless and living in motels. It was the norm for me. Next thing you know, I began to try di erent things like staying out late hours and smoking marijuana and at one point I even gave up on school and stopped going. Neil,

    a California na ve, knew that educa on would be her way out, but it would take a village of mentors, counselors and organiza ons to help Neil fi nd her path to success.

    A Sanctuary When Neil started 8th grade, she enrolled in ACCESS, a program for youth in transi on. Neil credits the program for changing her life for the be er and providing the stability she needed to complete school. In addi on, ACCESS provided transporta on to school, home and to the Boys and Girls Club of Tus n, California, a place where Neil would fi nd sanctuary from her life at home and

    meet life-long mentor, Melanie Flores. I started a ending the Tus n Boys and Girls Club when I was 14, said Neil. The club provided me with a posi ve place to learn, study, and have fun -- it also taught me how to succeed in anything that I do. Through the Boys and Girls Club, Neil par cipated in various programs and conferences, including the Young Americans Performance Group and the Taco Bell Graduate to Go program. I have known Sherice for almost fi ve years now and knew when I fi rst met her how amazing she was and also knew she would do tremendous things with her life, said Flores. I have seen her rise out of circumstances most adults wouldnt be able to and I am proud of her for it!

    Sherice Neil poses with Dr. Yancy


    Mo vated for More A er fi nishing middle school, Neil began independent studies coursework as a high school freshman, but yet another move forced her to miss six months of school. Eager to get back on track and complete her educa on, Neil had her grandmother enroll her in Norwalk High School, where she met Rosa Barragan, the homeless liaison for the school who would later become another mentor. Inspired by Neils determina on to succeed, Barragan introduced Neil to Tanya Walters, founder of the Godparents Youth Organiza on, a nonprofi t dedicated to improving the lives of youth by increasing academic achievement, leadership skills, high school gradua ons and college admissions by connec ng them to the world through travel experiences. Through the organiza ons Road to Success program, underprivileged youth with a below average grade point average (GPA) are encouraged to raise their grades during a challenge period. Students who bring up their grades and complete the challenge are rewarded with a cross-country trip. Once Ms. Walters told me about the program, it pushed me to work hard, improve my grades and complete all of the assignments given, said Neil. I went from a 2.5 GPA to a 3.8 in four months, and eventually earned my spot on that bus! Neil traveled with the organiza on to 28 states during the 30-day cross-country trip, visi ng museums, memorials and college campuses, including Shaw University. She fondly recalled how the trip changed her outlook on life. I remember how accomplished I felt when we le California for the road trip. That experience exposed me to so many di erent places and the African-American culture -- it changed the way I looked at life.

    On Fire for Shaw Once Neil returned from the trip, she was ready to work hard to chart a new course for her life. Now a junior, and on track to complete high school on me, Neil decided to enroll at Cerritos College, a community college in Norwalk, CA to begin taking college-level courses. Balancing both her high school and college courses, working part- me at the schools cafeteria and having to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to take three buses to remain at Norwalk High School -- a er yet another move with her family forced her to leave the area -- Neil s ll managed to persevere. She received several awards and scholarships during this me, including the Soaring Eagle Award from n-Ac on Family Network and she was accepted into the University of Southern California Summer Leadership Program. I learned that if I put God fi rst everything else would work out, said Neil. With a full schedule, Neil s ll found me to give back and served as a junior mentor with the Godparents Youth Organiza on. During one of the organiza ons Saturday fi eld trips, she a ended a black college expo where she met a Shaw admissions recruiter. There was one guy at the expo that was on fi re for Shaw and I had one transcript with me so I decided to apply, said Neil. He was so enthusias c about the University that I thought this would be a great place to go to school. I never thought twice about it. A er deciding to a end Shaw, Neil was worried about how to pay for school, but once again, her mentors, supporters and her faith would make it possible for her to achieve her goals. She received several scholarships and a teacher paid her ini al deposit while a woman from her church paid her fi rst months tui on. In addi on, she was selected to work as a freshman peer mentor at Shaw, which included a $4,000 scholarship. For Neil, everything seemed to fall in place. Its cool how God works

    because he will put the right people in your life, she said. He knows where he wants you to go. Im here for a purpose. Im not really sure right now what that purpose is because Im s ll ge ng used to it, but I know Im here for a purpose.

    Surprise Scholarship Once at Shaw, Neil struggled a bit in her new environment. College is di erent from what I expected, said Neil. You really have to balance your academic life and social life. Its all about reposi oning yourself and fi guring out what works for you. As classes began, Neil desperately needed a laptop, so she asked her mentor, Melanie Flores from the Boys and Girls Club, if she could help. During Neils junior year in high school, Flores encouraged her to par cipate in the Taco Bell Graduate To Go program, a na onal e ort of the Taco Bell Founda on for Teens to raise awareness of Americas high-school dropout crisis and fund real-world experiences that are proven to inspire teens to stay in school and graduate. Neil par cipated and excelled in the program, and impressed the programs coordinators with her drive and leadership. They inquired about Neil during a phone conversa on with Flores so she thought they could help with securing a laptop for Neil. They [the Taco Bell Founda on] had called me to see how Sherice was doing in college, said Flores. I men oned that she was doing well, but needed a laptop. They said they could help. Li le did I know it would turn into something else. The Founda on later invited Neil to speak at the Taco Bell Corpora ons annual franchisee conference and to receive, what she thought would be a laptop. A er a rousing speech to 1,600 conference a endees during the conferences opening dinner, Neil was invited to a end the conference sales mee ng the next morning. As the mee ng started, Taco Bells chief execu ve o cer, chief opera ng o cer and chief fi nancial o cer invited Neil onstage. They presented her with a $30,000 check to fund her educa on more than enough for a laptop. I was so shocked, exclaimed Neil. I had no idea I would receive the scholarship money. It was truly a blessing. In addi on, Neil received a job o er from a North Carolina Taco Bell franchisee and a $435 check to purchase a bus pass so she could get to work.

    Grateful Currently studying psychology, Neil hopes to become a high school guidance counselor and maybe one day start a nonprofi t youth organiza on. We all experience something, we all have been through some type of pain and with my situa on, people can relate to it in some kind of way so I have that to give, said Neil. When she refl ects on her young life, she knows that without the village she could have taken a di erent path. When I look back at my lifethe struggles of being homeless and living with violence and addic on, I am so grateful to the many people who helped me overcome these obstacles.

    Sherice Neil and Taco Bell executives.

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    SPOTLIGHT: PAYING IT FORWARDAlumnus David Dotson 01 gives back with a unique internship opportunityDavid Dotson 01, a Senior Analyst in Global Inventory Management and Product Line Management at Na onal OilWell Varco, explains why he encouraged his employer to o er Shaw students a unique internship opportunity.

    Q: While at Shaw you majored in business and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. What were your goals following gradua on?A: My goal following gradua on was to make an impact in the fi nance and accoun ng industry within North Carolina State Government in Raleigh, NC. I applied and tried various government agencies and accoun ng fi rms but none of them would o er me full- me work -- ONLY contract. I began to search the market to see which ci es o ered the most success for African-Americans in my fi eld of exper se. My fi rst ini al search lead me to Charlo e, NC, were my career took o rapidly within the banking (fi nancial) Industry. It was here I started to shape my career, build a strong network of professionals and create an ever-las ng impression as a top fi nance and accoun ng professional.

    Q: How did you begin your career in the oil industry?A: While employed with Wachovia Bank (na onal headquarters) the economy took a turn for the worst and we were in the process of being sold. A lot of professionals during this me lost everything (house, cars, etc.). I completed another search which led me to Houston, TX. I started applying for jobs all over the city of Houston and surrounding areas. I later took my family and all of my savings and relocated outside the Houston area. Within six months, I was employed as a Plant Controller for the Southeastern part of Texas -- with a chemical company called Texas Petrochemicals. While working at TPC, I built a strong network of professional and personal rela onships with several execu ves within the company. They were pleased with the quality of my work and my ability to get the job done. A er being with the company for two years, I was o ered and/or promoted to a higher role with much more responsibility at Na onal Oilwell Varco (NOV).

    Q: Earlier this year, you worked with your employer to o er an internship to Shaw students. How was the internship created and why did you decided to o er this great opportunity to Shaw students?A: The Next Genera on Program was created by the President/CEO of DOWNHOLE TOOLS, Mike Ma a. It was a program he started in order to train entry level business professionals about the oil and gas industry and to help them transi on into the corporate world.

    I wanted to o er this opportunity to Shaw students because I feel Shaw produces and grooms very talented business professionals who could assist any business in reaching company goals and objec ves. Q: What will students learn during their internships?A: The program would develop and teach each individual about the oil and gas industry in greater detail, provide an opportunity for them to enhance their business skill sets from a global standpoint, build a solid networking founda on, learn the business, experience a variety of cultures and travel the world in the process.

    Q: What do you hope to accomplish with the internship?A: My goal is to make Shaw University a permanent recruitment site for Na onal Oilwell Varco and place at least three or more students a year within the organiza on. Through this process we will be able to branch out and help even more students on a wider scale.

    Q: What advice would you give to students seeking a career in the fi nance or oil industries?A: Become a guru and learn something about the accoun ng programs listed: Excel (developing spreadsheets, pivot tables, graphs, using splicers, etc.), Access, JD Edwards, SAP, Oracle, Microso Word and Outlook. Its great if these students can get a head start on these things. Maybe it could be an elec ve or mandatory class for business, fi nance and accoun ng students. I got ahead by taking these classes for free when the accoun ng temporary agencies were o ering them.

    Q: What would you say to other alumni interested in crea ng student employment or internship opportuni es?A: Please reach back! If we do not reach one to teach one and raise our own - who will! Your success is nothing without helping others succeed. Use your networks, start discussions and inquire about these opportuni es within your place of employment. Be persistent, even if it means ge ng involved in corporate charity events.

    David Dotson


    In Their Own Words2012 Alumni Banquet SpeakerShambulia Gadsden Sams 08

    In Africa when a tribe goes to war or is a acked, the elders and the youth are always the fi rst to be sent for protec on. This was done because the elders are the holders of knowledge, wisdom and history and the youth are the next genera on to carry this jewel into frui on. When we look towards Shaw as alumni, in our midst of reconnec ng and reminiscing, we have to remember that our work has just begun. For which much is given much is expected. As I

    venture into my newly found duty as an alumna, I think back to when Shaw chose me to be one of their incoming students. My heart was already set on a ending an HBCU; I didnt know which one or at that point even cared. As long as the school had my fi eld of study and the tle of HBCU, I was good to go. Being a na ve of California, once you pass the Midwest and venture into the West Coast, there are no HBCUs to be found. Unless you have family or friends who are alumni, the introduc on to these historical ins tu ons were via the Cosby Show, A Di erent World or movies like, Drum Line, Stomp the Yard, etc. Therefore, amongst the 212 prominent HBCUs, what brought me to Shaw University? Having to admit, outside of your Howard, Hampton, Spellman and Bethune-Cookman, Shaw University was an ins tu on that I had not heard of. In addi on I come from a family of graduates from Lincoln, Morehouse, Harris-Stowe and Clark Atlanta. Yet, Shaw University was the only HBCU that o ered Interna onal Rela ons as a major. When stepping onto campus, I was not in store for the intricate woven path that God had set forth for me. Shaw was not only the ins tu on that housed the educa on that I needed to obtain a bachelors degree, it was a training facility for what was to come in my future. It ckles me how God discreetly places signs in the direc on of the path that one is intended to follow. It was my fi rst internship with Shaw alum, the late Senator Vernon Malone, who credited his term as SGA President as his stepping stone into the General Assembly. Similarly, it was my term as SGA President that was my stepping stone to being appointed as a Commissioner. It was the University choir being invited to Bra leboro, VT to warm

    the hearts of the community with their e ervescent sound. To me, being accepted into graduate school and making my residency in Bra leboro, VT and being invited to speak at that very same church that the choir sung at no more than two years prior. It was Shaw being the only HBCU to o er a BA in interna onal rela ons, to this fi eld becoming the #1 sought a er career in the world. I s ll remember to this day, a Shaw alum in her nine es. Every year without fail, she was present at the o cial opening of the university, homecoming and convoca on. She never wanted to sit in the special sec on or wanted to be celebrated with any honor or tles. She always wanted to be with the students. She wanted to tell the stories of Shaw; she wanted to wrap every student in the history that paved these grounds. What she gave is what a lot of the students crave, a living image of our history. This history that we read in Shaws Universe our freshman year painted a picture of the reless e orts that our past alums invested in, not just for themselves, but for the future. Im never going to forget how astonished I was to meet an alumna who used to live in Estey Hall when it was a dorm! With every measure of my success I say thank you, to the ex-slaves who made the bricks to build our buildings, I say thank you to the teachers who never gave up on their students, I say thank you to the administra on who never turned their backs and closed their doors, I say thank you to the alumni who lead by example and I say thank you to the present and future students who will allow me to carry on this same responsibility to mentor them as an alumnus as I was once mentored. When we come back to homecoming and celebrate in the fes vi es of being back on campus, lets look upon the university through the lenses we once did as Shaw students and make this a home away from home for our next genera on.

    147th Founders Day Convocation SpeakerSean Woodroffe 86To our esteemed Madame President; our Chairman; Immediate Past Chairman; Vice Chairman; the stewards of the University, the faculty and sta ; and to the most precious cons tuency of all, to you the students of Shaw University to whom my remarks shall be addressed. It is a humbling honor for me to be asked to address this auspicious occasion. I must confess that my presence here may be superfl uous a er hearing the inspiring remarks o ered by the preceding speakers; Reverend Avery and Dr. Gary. I may not have much more to add but I am nonetheless delighted to be here.As men oned by Dr. Yancy, I am as proud of Shaw University as I am about any thing with which Im associated. As I refl ect on my life

    Shambulia Gadsden Sams 08, Commissioner to the Vermont Commission on Women


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    experiences there are three ins tu ons for whom Im eternally grateful; 1) the ins tu on of God; 2) the ins tu on of my Mom; 3) and the ins tu on of our venerable Shaw University. In high school, I was an A-minus/B-plus student. My SAT scores were fairly average to above average. My high school guidance counselor was a gentleman by the name of Mr. Ed Krinski. It is important to remember not only the names and experiences of people that

    help you, but it also important to remember the names of those that a empt to inhibit your growth and development. In so doing, it serves as an inspira on to you to do and be your very best. Mr. Krinski, for me, provided that inspira on when advising me that I was be er suited for a Junior College or perhaps pursing a trade. He went on to say that he did not respec ully see me as college material. A fellow Shaw Bear by the name of A orney Bill Raines, was a colleague of a close friend of my mother. A orney Raines was also a member of the Board of Trustees and recommended Shaw to my mom for our considera on. My mother secured an applica on, brought it home and instructed me to complete it. I come from a background where, at that age, you do as youre told. As you have surmised from my accent, I am from Trinidad & Tobago and consequently when my mother says jump, I say how high. In which case, I completed and signed the only college applica on I considered. We did not explore any other university and the only college I visited was Shaw when I fi rst came to the campus as a freshman 30 years ago, August of 1982. When I came to Shaw there is a person among us in this auditorium whom some of you may know. He is rather unassuming and prefers to be inconspicuous. Un l today at this moment he doesnt recognize the unfailing posi ve impact he has had on my life. That person is none other that Dean Mack Sowell. Coming from New York I just knew that I had it going on. There was nothing that anyone could tell me. I was simply the typical know it all kid from a big city. My fi rst me away from home, I was not always guided by my best judgment. I would say that one of the biggest di erences of Shaw University versus that of other ins tu ons was manifested in my experience. Other ins tu ons have a college applica on process that may appear to be more rigorous that ours. That process is designed to limit the risks. It may be dependent upon high SAT scores. It may be dependent upon excep onal references. The Shaw applica on process, on the surface, was not as rigorous. That is because Shaw University believes in taking prudent risks. This university believes that ones

    academic pursuits, capabili es and intellectual capacity arent necessarily completed at the high school level. Shaw University believes that it may very well be the beginning of ones academic journey. Like the speaker before me, Dr Gary, Shaw took a risk in me; a risk that it certainly wasnt required to take. When I arrived at Shaw, Dean Mack Sowell, during my freshman orienta on make it very clear that there was no greater, no be er, no fi ner ins tu on of higher learning, black or white, in North Carolina, in this country or in the world, than Shaw University. He did not accept anything from us other than our complete best. If for any reason you couldnt demonstrate your willingness to be your best, he would kindly provide a bus cket on Greyhound and an apple for the journey. He would personally escort you to that bus sta on in Raleigh. He would graciously do what is perhaps not done today; he would call your momma and inform her of the me of your arrival in your home city for you to be picked up. That level of seriousness and commitment inspired me. Dean Sowell inspired me. This ins tu on inspired me. As I refl ect on my professional career and various responsibili es, the fi rst me I had the opportunity to understand and appreciate the benefi t of leading a mee ng, the salience of preparing an agenda, or inspiring others to be their best was at Shaw. It was through my involvement at the Student Government level and my ac ve membership in the Beta Rho chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha that these a ributes were nurtured. As stated by Dr. Yancy, Ive had the opportunity to be employed at Merrill Lynch. Ive lived and worked in four con nents; Tokyo, London, Lagos and in New York. The guiding light to any meager success that Ive been able to achieve is the founda on that was cul vated at Shaw University. I would say to those you seated in your sartorial splendor that you have chosen he fi nest university in the world. If you adopt a perspec ve of being intellectual curious, a ending classes, being a en ve and heeding the instruc ve guidance of the faculty you will be assured every success that life has to o er. I am a witness and direct benefi ciary of this advice. I am the product of a single-parent household. My mother worked two jobs to send me to Shaw. I was the fi rst in my family to a end and to graduate from an ins tu on of higher learning. The wonder of my story is Shaw University. Dr. Yancy, despite your request for me to speak for an hour, Id like to say in closing that there are a few memorable moments that are especially precious. Among them are my marriage to my wife, the presence of my son and daughter and this moment to serve my beloved Shaw University. People say that you cant love ins tu ons but they are wrong. The love that I have for this venerable ins tu on is indescribable. At Shaw, you have a privileged opportunity to do anything in life you desire. My par ng advice to you is to seize this opportunity.

    May God bless you and bless Shaw University. Thank you.

    Sean Woodroffe 86, Vice President, Human Resources, Sun Life Financial U.S.


    1957Vernon Malone was inducted, posthumously, into the Raleigh Hall of Fame on October 1, 2012 in a ceremony held in the Raleigh Conven on Center in Raleigh, NC. Malone was recognized for his las ng contribu ons and achievements to Raleighs history.

    William A. Lewis currently serves as the Vice Mayor and Member of the Palm Coast City Council in Palm Coast, Florida.

    1974Art Anthony was elected fi rst vice president of the State Employees Associa on of North Carolina (SEANC), SEIU Local 2008 at the associa ons annual conven on in October. His one-year term began October 1.

    1985 James A. Ford, Jr. received Five Emmy nomina ons in the mid-south region of the Na onal Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC. Ford has received 41 Emmy nomina ons in his career with 11 Emmy awards or credits for signifi cant contribu on. The awards ceremony is scheduled for January 2013 in Nashville Tennessee.

    1994Felicia Evans Long opened Sweet Candy Caf confec onary store in Lumberton, NC on December 1, 2012. Long is also the founder of Sweet Events and Planning, LLC.

    1995Lenard Moores poem, At the State Fair, was featured in the October 11, 2012 edi on of the Raleigh News and Observer.

    1997Tara Knight works as a volunteer with the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Knightdale, NC. A former chaplain in the U.S. Army, she advocates for injured soldiers.

    2001Minister Carolyn W. Brown is currently on the Deans List at Nash Community College, comple ng a degree in childhood educa on. Brown was recently invited to become a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

    2002Gloria Hayes works at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Communica on Studies Department. She is also an associate minister at First Missionary Bap st Church in Siler City, NC.

    2005Wendell Kinney made his na onal television debut as Agent Fuller on Burn No ce. The show airs on the USA Network. Kinney has several print, fi lm, television and theatre credits including, a Walt Disney commercial and an appearance on the Meet The Browns television show.

    2006Donald Mitchell Jr. was selected by The Center for the Study of the College Fraternity award selec on commi ee to receive the Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. Mitchell received his Ph.D. in educa onal policy and administra on-higher educa on in 2012 from the University of Minnesotas Department of Organiza onal Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD).

    2007Delphine Parker was recently promoted to Procurement Assistant I at Duke Energy on November 5, 2012. Parker is a fi ve-year employee of Duke Energy and will be suppor ng the Carolinas East Fossil/Hydro Plants in her new role.

    2009David Selman had the honor of introducing the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, at a grassroots rally in Philadelphia during the 2012 Presiden al Campaign. Selman was the Southwest Philadelphia Field Organizer for Obama for America, the Presidents re-elec on campaign.

    2010Sharon Thompson-Journigan is currently enrolled in Campbell Universitys Divinity School and works as a Survivors O ering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) counselor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills burn center. She is also the founder of Faye eville-based Integrity Ministries.

    In MemoriamMartha Williams Wheeler 36 Dorothy Ernestine Bellamy Gilliam 37 Marion Geneva Brame Washington 39Susie Pearl Battle Holcomb 44Beatrice Gwendolyn Larkin Holloway 48Carolyn Yvonne Prunty McRee 49Hubert Andrew Poole 50 Frank Edward Phillips 52Marion Walker 54Melvin F. Broadnax 55Patricia J. Boddie 58Herbert Greene 62Queen Ester Lee-Hurysz 66Elward D. Ellis 70Joseph Randall Jr. 71Henry Roundtree, Jr. 73Marilyn Joyce Harris Baldwin 74Caroleen Wilson Stafford 74Alvin C. A.C.Stowe 76LeCounte Conaway 77Dianah Humphrey-Jarrell 77Delilah Clinding Blackwell 95Alim Muhammad 96John Houston 98Curtis Dixon 99Janice Barnes Cornwall 10


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    All in the FamilyCharlie Fields, Jr. 76 and Marilyn Johnson Fields 76 met during their senior year at Shaw. Just three months a er gradua on, they married and se led in Raleigh to start a life together as husband and wife. Marilyn started a job in Shaws academic a airs department and remains with the University today as Execu ve Assistant to the President and Trustee Board Liaison. Charlie had previously been in the Air Force, and re red from Alcatel, a global telecommunica ons company, as an Engineering Technician a er 21 years of service. Marilyn fondly recalls how they met. It was raining really hard that day and I ran inside the library to get out of the rain. Charlie ran into the library with me and star ng talking. Weve talked every day since. They later had two children, Charlie Brandon and Nina Fields, and recently welcomed a granddaughter, Charlee Brooke, in September. Long- me supporters and donors, the Fields con nue to pay homage to their beloved University.

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    Alumni & Fr iendsGREETINGS

    Greetings Shaw University Alumni and Friends:

    As the Director of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving, it gives me great pleasure to serve

    Shaw University. I remain most excited about the possibilities before us and take very

    seriously the promise of our Universitys founders to provide an enriching and engaging

    academic experience for our students. I thank you for your commitment. Your deeds are

    instrumental in helping our students achieve their goals and prepare for life after graduation.

    The bar has been raised this year, and our goal is to meet or exceed $125,000 for our

    annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) campaign and $1,000,000 for our annual fund

    campaign. Please know that your time and funds invested are most appreciated and no

    efforts are too small. Your talents and gifts to assist us in achieving our fundraising goals

    provide much needed scholarships for our deserving students. Shaw University needs the

    support of all its alumni to continue to produce future leaders.

    Again, it is a tremendous privilege to serve the alumni of this great institution. Thank you in

    advance for helping us continue Shaws rich mission of faith, service and educational excellence.

    Please enjoy the new Shaw Gazette!

    Seddrick HillDirector of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving

    Shaw University Text-To-Give Campaign

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    DATE OPPONENT Nov. 10 - 7:30 p.m. Barton

    Wilson, NC Nov. 18 - 7:30 p.m. West Chester

    West Chester, PA Nov. 20 - 7:30 p.m. Holy Family

    Philadelphia, PA Nov. 23 8:00 p.m. Southeastern Oklahoma State

    Owensboro, KY Nov. 24 7:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan

    Owensboro, KY Dec. 3 - 7:30 p.m. Barton

    Raleigh, NC Dec. 13 - 7:00 p.m. Tampa

    Tampa, FL Dec. 15 - 4:00 p.m. Eckerd

    Tampa, FL Dec. 28 2:00 p.m. Flagler

    Winter Park, FL Dec. 29 - TBA Rollins College Tournament

    Winter Park, FL Jan. 3 - 7:30 p.m. Elizabeth City State*

    Elizabeth City, NC Jan. 5 - 4:00 p.m. Chowan*

    Murfreesboro, NC Jan. 7 - 7:30 p.m. Virginia State*

    Petersburg, VA Jan. 10 - 8:00 p.m. Virginia Union*

    Raleigh, NC Jan. 12 - 4:00 p.m. Bowie State*

    Raleigh, NC Jan. 14 - 8:00 p.m. Lincoln (Pa)*

    Raleigh, NC Jan. 19 - 4:00 p.m. Livingstone*

    Raleigh, NC Jan. 23 - 7:30 p.m. Winston-Salem State*

    Winston-Salem, NC Jan. 26 - 4:00 p.m. Saint Augustines*

    Raleigh, NC Jan. 30 - 8:00 p.m. Fayetteville State*

    Raleigh, NC Feb. 2 - 7:30 p.m. Johnson C. Smith*

    Charlotte, NC Feb. 9 - 7:30 p.m. Livingstone*

    Salisbury, NC Feb. 13 - 8:00 p.m. Winston-Salem State*

    Raleigh, NC Feb. 16 - 4:00 p.m. Saint Augustines*

    Raleigh, NC Feb. 20 - 7:30 p.m. Fayetteville State*

    Fayetteville, NC Feb. 23 - 3:00 p.m. Johnson C. Smith*

    Raleigh, NC @ Broughton H.S.

    SHAW BEARS WOMENS SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT Nov. 14 - 6:00 p.m. Virginia-Lynchburg

    Raleigh, NC Dec. 11 - 6:00 p.m. Tusculum

    Raleigh, NC Dec. 14 - 1:00 p.m. Washington Adventist

    Raleigh, NC Dec. 15 - 5:00 pm Nova Southeastern

    Raleigh, NC Dec. 17 - 1:00 p.m. Palm Beach Atlantic

    Boca Raton, FL Dec. 19 - 2:00 p.m. Lynn

    West Palm Beach Dec. 28 - 2:00 p.m. Goldey-Beacom

    Washington, DC Dec. 29 - 1:00 p.m. Assumption

    Washington, DC Dec. 30 - 1:00 p.m. Felician

    D.C. Winter Classic Washington, DC

    Jan. 3 - 5:30 p.m. Elizabeth City State* Elizabeth City, NC

    Jan. 5 - 2:00 p.m. Chowan* Murfreesboro, NC

    Jan. 7 - 5:30 p.m. Virginia State* Petersburg, VA

    Jan. 10 - 6:00 p.m. Virginia Union* Raleigh, NC

    Jan. 12 - 2:00 p.m. Bowie State* Raleigh, NC

    Jan. 14 - 6:00 p.m. Lincoln (Pa)* Raleigh, NC

    Jan. 19 - 2:00 p.m. Livingstone* Raleigh, NC

    Jan. 21 - 6:00 p.m. Virginia Union* Raleigh, NC

    Jan. 23 - 5:30 p.m. Winston-Salem State* Winston-Salem, NC

    Jan. 26 - 2:00 p.m. Saint Augustines* Raleigh, NC

    Jan. 30 6:00 p.m. Fayetteville State* Raleigh, NC

    Feb. 2 - 5:30 p.m. Johnson C. Smith* Charlotte, NC

    Feb. 9 - 5:30 p.m. Livingstone* Salisbury, NC

    Feb. 13 - 6:00 p.m. Winston-Salem State* Raleigh, NC

    Feb. 16 - 2:00 p.m. Saint Augustines* Raleigh, NC

    Feb. 20 - 5:30 p.m. Fayetteville State* Fayetteville, NC

    Feb. 23 - 12:00 p.m. Johnson C. Smith* Raleigh, NC @ Broughton H.S.

    Games in gold denote home games Games with an asterisk (*) denote conference games


    2012 Fall Sports in R E V I E WThe 2012 fall sports season has come to an end for Bears fans and our teams showed real promise for upcoming seasons.


    The defending CIAA champions had a

    strong season, comple ng their best

    fi nish in the NCAA regionals in the

    programs history. Led by Darius Berry,

    the Bears shined in the eight-kilometer

    and ten-kilometer races that highlight

    the conference championship and

    regional race.

    Berry again earned all -CIAA

    honors and led the Bears at the NCAA

    Division II regionals.

    Athlet icHIGHLIGHTS


    A young cross country squad led by

    Samarra Green showed great promise

    this season. As the season ended, Shaw

    assistant coach Reava Po er earned her

    Level I Coaching Cer fi ca on.

    Darius Berry (center) poses with William Hayes (left), Athletic Director at Winston-Salem State University and Chair of the CIAA Cross Country Committee and Jacqie Carpenter (right), Commissioner of the CIAA.

    Womens Cross Country Team

  • FALL 2012 | 25


    Under fi rst-year head coach Robert Massey, the Bears scored an

    early season win over S llman, and then ran o a three-game

    winning streak with wins over Virginia State, Faye eville State and

    Livingstone. Quarterback James Stallons rewrote the Shaw passing

    record book, fi nishing the season with 3,101 yards, breaking the

    previous record by nearly 1,000 yards. He fi nishes his career holding

    the Shaw single season records in pass a empts, pass comple ons,

    yards passing, and touchdowns passing. He owns the single game

    records for pass a empts, yards passing touchdown passes and

    longest pass. This outstanding season earned him All-CIAA Second

    Team honors.

    Joining him on the second team was cornerback Darnell

    Evans - earning All-Conference honors for his third straight season.

    This season, Evans exploded onto the scene as an outstanding kick

    returner, fi nishing third in the na on in punt returns and fourth in the

    na on in kicko returns.

    VOLLEYBALLThe volleyball team rebounded with a bang from last years season.

    Overall, the squad showed marked improvement and - with only one

    senior on the team this season - looks to be well-placed to make a

    serious run at the tournament next season.

    Newcomer Sashane Watson showed o her athle c ability in every

    game and earned All-CIAA Second Team honors.

    ATHLETIC HALL OF FAMESix alumni were inducted into the Shaw University Athle c Hall of

    Fame during the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on October 18, 2012.

    (Seated L-R) Delores Bulgin 92, Oliver Lancaster 53, Judy Kendrick 82(Standing L-R) Leon Waddell 62, Henry Jones 79, Robert Long 70

    James Stallons Sashane Watson


  • FALL 2012 | 27FALL 222222222222222222222222222222222222220001010 2222222 ||||| 2727777277

  • 2013JANUARY 24, 2013The Second Annual Shaw Univesity Student Research SymposiumShaw University | Raleigh, North Carolina

    JANUARY 26, 2013United Negro College Fund Dr. Fred Long Lecture SeriesShaw University | Raleigh, North Carolina

    FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 2, 2013 CIAA TournamentTime Warner Cable ArenaCharlotte, North Carolina

    MARCH 11-14, 2013The 40th Annual Shaw UniversityAlexander/Pegues Ministers Conference Shaw University | Raleigh, North Carolina

    MARCH 21, 2013United Negro College Fund Evening of Giving and Appreciation Durham, North Carolina

    MARCH 23, 2013United Negro College Fund Annual Giving Banquet and GalaShaw University | Raleigh, North Carolina

    APRIL 18, 2013 Awards DayShaw University | Raleigh, North Carolina

    MAY 10, 2013 Baccalaureate ServiceShaw University | Raleigh, North Carolina

    MAY 11, 2013 Commencement ExerciseDorton Arena | Raleigh, North Carolina

    OCTOBER 12-20, 2013Homecoming 2013Shaw University | Raleigh, North Carolina


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